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and compassion upon this thy afficted servant. Thou writeft bitter things against him, and makest him to poffes his former iniquities ; thy wrath lieth hard upon bim, and his soul is full of trouble : But, o merciful God, who hast written thy holy Word for our learning, that we, through patience and comfort of thy holy Scriptures might have hope ; give bim a right understanding of bimself, and of thy threats and promises, that he may neither cast away bis confidence in thee, nor place it any where but in thee. Give him strength against all bis temptations, and heal all bis distempers. Break nok the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking fiax. Shut not up thy tender mercies in displeasure ; but make him to hear of joy and gladness, that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Deliver bim from fear of the enemy, and lift up
the light of thy countenance upon bim, and give bim peace, through the merits and mediation of Jelus Christ our Lord, Amen.
The COMMUNION of the SICK. Qrafmuch as all mortal Men be subject to many sudden Perils, Dise F
eases and Sicknesses, and ever uncertain what time they fhall depart out of this life; therefore to the intent they may be always in a readiness to die, whensoever it shall please Almighty God to call them, the Curates fhall diligently from time to time but especially in the time of Pestilence, or other infectious Sickness) exhort their Parishoners to the often receive ing of the holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Saviour Chrit, when it shall be publickly adminiftered in the Church ; that fo doing, they may, in case of sudden visitation, have the less cause to be disquicted for lack of the fame. But if the fick Perfon be not able to come to the Church, and yet is defirous to receive the Communion in his house; then he muft give timely notice to the Curate, fignifying also how many there are to communicate with him (which shall be three, or two at the leatt) and having a convenient place in the sick Man's house, with all things neceffary to prepared, that the Curate may reverently minister, he thall there celebrate the holy Communion, beginning with the Collect, Epifle, and Gospel, here following,
doft correct those whom thou dost love, and chastise every one whom thou doit receive ;. We beleech thee to have mercy upon this thy fervant visited with thine hand, and to grant that be may take bis sickness patiently, and recover bis bodily health (if ic be thy gracious will) and whensoever bis foul shall depart from the body, it may be without spot presented unto thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epiftle. Heb. 12. 5.
nor faint when thou art rebuked of him. For whom the Lord loveth, he chafteneth ; and scourgeth every Son whom he receiveth.
The Gospel. St John 5. 24.
verily I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believech on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation ; but is pafled from death unto life. After which the Priest shall proceed according to the form before prescrib
ed for the hoty Communion, b:gioning at these words (ré ibat do
truly, &c.) At the time of the distribution of the holy Sacrament, the Priest Mall first
receive the Communion himself, and after minister unto them that are appointed to communicate with the sick, and last of all to the lick
Persoo. But if a man, either by reason of extremity of sickness, or for want of
warning in due time to the Curate, or for lack of company to receive with him, or by any other juft impediment, do not receive the Sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood, the Carate thall inftruet him, that if he do truly repent him of his lins, and stedfastly believe that Jesus Chrift hath suffered death upon the Crofs for him, and thed his blood for his redemption, earnekly remembering the Benefits he hath chereby, and giving him hearty thanks therefore, he doth eat and drink the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ profitably to his souls health, although he do not receive the Sacrament with his mouth. When the fick Person is visited, and receiveth the holy Communion all
at one time, then the Priest, for more expedition, Mall cut off the form of the Visitation at the Psalm (in chee, O Lord, have I put my
trufl. &c.) and go straight to the Communion. In the time of the Plague, Sweat, or such other like contagious times of
fickness or diseases, when none of the Parish or neighbours can be gotten to communicate with the fick in their houses, for fear of the infection, upon special requel of the diseased, the Minister may only communicate with him.
The ORDER for the
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Here is to be noted, That the office ensuing is not be used for any that die un
baptized, or excommunicate, or bave laid violent Hands upon chemselves. The Priests and Glerks meeting the Corps at the Entrance of the Churcb-yard,
and going before it, cilber into tbe Church, or lowerds the Grave, jball say or fing Am the refurrection, and the life, faith the Lord: He
that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die. S. Joon. xi. 25. 26.
Know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand
at the latter day upon the earth. And though after my skin, worms destroy this body; yet in my fleshi shall I see God whom I shall ice for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not ancther. Job xix. 25, 26, 27. WE brought nothing into this world
, and it is certain
, we can carry nothing out.
The Lord gave, the Lord hath taken away; bleffed be the Name of the Lord. I Tim. vi. 7. Job i. 21.
. Ajter tbey are come into the Church, fhall be read ore or both of theft Pfalmus
Dini, Caftodia:n. Psalm 39. Said, I will take heed to my ways : that I offend not in
I will keep my mouth as it were with a bridle : while the ungodly is in my right, I held my tongue, and spake nothing: I kept filence,
yea, even from good words ; but it was pain and grief to me.
My heart was hot , within me, and while I was thus musing, the fire kindled: and at the last I spake with my tongue.
Lord, let me know may end, and the number of my days : that I may be certified how long I have to live.
Behold, thou hast made my days as it were a span long: and mine age is even as nothing in respeet of thee, and verily every man living is altogether vanity.
For man walketh in a vain shadow, and disquieteth him self in vain : he heapech up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them.
And now, Lord, what is my hope: truly my hope is even in thee.
Deliyer me from all mine offences : and make me not a rebuke unto the foolish.
I became dumb, and opened not my mouth : for it was thy doing
Take thy plague away from me: I am even consumed by means of thy heavy hand.
When thou with rebukes doft chaften man for fin, thou makest his beauty to consume away like as it were a moth frecting a garment : every man therefore is but vanity,
Hear my prayer, O Lord, and with thine ears consider my calling: hold not thy peace at my tears.
For I am a stranger with thee : and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength: before
Glory be to the Father, &c.
Domine, refugium. Pfalm xc.
to Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the carth and the world were made : chou art God from everlafting, and world without end.
Thou turnest man to destruction: again thou sayest, Come again, ye children of men.
For a thousand years in thy fight are but as yesterday : feciog that is past as a watch in the night.
As foon as thou scatterest them, they are even as anleep : and fade away suddenly like the grass. 9 3 B
In the morning it is green, and groweth up: but in the evening it is cut down, dried up, and withered.
For we consume away in thy displeasure : and are afraid at thy wrathtul indignation.
Thou hast fet our misdeeds before thee : and our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
For when thou art angry, all our days are gone : wé bring our years to an end, as it were a tale that is cold.
The days of our age are threescore years and ten, and though men be fo strong, that they come to fourscore years: yet is their strength then but labour and sorrow; fo soon pafseth it away, and we are gone.
But who regardeth the power of thy wrath: for even thereafter as a man feareth, lo is thy displeasure.
So teach us to number our days : that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Turn thee again, O Lord, at the last : and be gracious unto thy servants.
O fatisfy us with thy mercy, and that foon: so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.
Comfort us again, now after the time that thou haft plagued us: and for the years wherein we have suffered adversity.
Shew thy fervants thy work: and their children thy glory.
And the glorious Majesty of the Lord our God be upon us : prosper thou the work of our hands upon us, O profper thou our handy-work.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
Tben fall follow tbe Lefon taken out of the fifteenth Chapter of the former
Epifle of Saint Paul io the Corintbians.
1 Cor. 15. 20. OW is Christ risen from the dead, and become the
first-fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as 'in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order : Christ the first